We've gone over the hard numbers of the P25W and seen some interesting results. But as with everything, it's not all about the hard figures. Over the review, I've found that there's a lot to love about the P25W. But also, there's some stuff that's not so great.
Let's start with the good. The P25W performed great, especially considering its size. The design of the P25W is gorgeous and features a stunning yellow lid; this is the same lid that I found stunning on the P2542 we previously reviewed.
While the system is quite compact, it is quite heavy. I'm not going to equate weight to quality, but it does lend to the idea that the system makes use of quality components. However, this is a double-edged sword as a heavy system doesn't lend itself to being hauled around in a backpack. The system lasted for a generous amount of time on battery, which is a positive for portability.
One of the major downsides to the P25W is the heat. Due to the small chassis, heat is less able to be managed and builds up on the surface of the keyboard and the backside of the system. The keyboard won't be too comfortable when under full load and the system should be used on a table.
A notebook is always better than desktop for taking to LAN parties as they are infinitely more portable, but if you're looking for something to haul around daily, the weight of P25W might get on your nerves.
Putting Windows 8 onto a system without a touchscreen is also not the best idea and I would much prefer Windows 7 to be installed on the system. Either that, or GIGABYTE should equip the P25W with a touchscreen.
The GIGABYTE P25W is an excellent choice for a gaming machine, though it's a bit on the costly side. The system is available through Amazon for $1849 at the time of writing.
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- Page 1 [Introduction and Specifications, Configurations and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Temperatures, Cooling and Noise]
- Page 3 [Keyboard, TouchPad, Screen and other User Interfaces]
- Page 4 [Testing Methodology]
- Page 5 [Accessory Port Layout and Performance]
- Page 6 [Gaming Performance]
- Page 7 [System Performance]
- Page 8 [Battery Life Performance]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]